Quirky mystery suspense romance from Amy

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, this book. I have thoughts, lots of thoughts but mostly I really loved the whole premise of the plot and I think that element was carried out perfectly.

Now, my other major thought is that, due to the vast majority of the romantic elements – including the smexy times which help to build up an emotional connection between the characters and the reader – happening mostly off page or fading to black, I wasn’t as invested in Nat and Quinn as a pairing as much as I was with their individual story arcs.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved them together, I’d have just liked to have seen more of them together and I don’t necessarily mean steamy erotica, but just more of the emotions that come through physical intimacy.

But, the main plot itself, about dealing with loss and guilt and the idea of what makes a family, was mostly well done, with the exception of Quinn’s real parents.

It may be, as this is a new series, that this element is continued on in future books, but I did feel something was missing there.

Overall, this book was a success for me and I liked that it wasn’t a traditional romance or a traditional suspense/mystery but married the two together.

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I love this paranormal series from Sam Burns – it just gets more quirky

Stag and the Ash (The Rowan Harbor Cycle, #5)Stag and the Ash by Sam Burns

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sam Burns writes just the sort of paranormal that I love – it’s quirky and there’s always a hint of something otherworldly about even the “normal” types you find in this kind of book.

In Stag and the Ash, we’re back to Jesse and Sean, and things are moving on apace even after the tragic death of Sean’s mum at the hands of the troll.

When three young werewolves arrive in town after their own traumatic experiences, Jesse takes them in despite the latest warning from the mystery helper that danger in on its way to Rowan Harbor once again.

I have to say, I loved the narrative take on how the danger arose, it was a clever way to use the traditional mythos of werewolves and then twist it.

This whole series has been such a refreshing change from the typical urban fantasy/paranormal.

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Something a little bit quirky and different from VL Locey

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Life is a Stevie Wonder Song by V.L. Locey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a short, quirky, somewhat whimsical and quite delightful sexual awakening and May to December romance rolled into one.

I honestly wasn’t sure where it was going when I first started reading it and, for a time, I don’t think the story quite did either as Stephen’s attraction to Declan did seem to come from nowhere.

Declan’s own behaviour was a tad strange but it did fit into the character of a much younger dreamer with his fey photography and idealistic experiences.

All in all though a quick read which was enjoyable and a bit different.

This is a re-release and it has a lovely new cover. I don’t believe there’s any changes to the text though.

ETA: The lovely VL Locey has let me know there is a new Epilogue 🙂

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Review Tour: Fox and Birch (Rowan Harbor Cycle #3) by Sam Burns

Length: 48,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Melanie Harlow @ Clause & Effect
The Rowan Harbor Series
Book #1 – Blackbird In The Reeds – http://books2read.com/BlackbirdInTheReeds
Book #2 – Wolf And The Holly – http://books2read.com/WolfAndTheHolly

Blurb

Fletcher Lane wants to protect people. It was why he became a deputy. A month ago, it was why he killed a vampire who kidnapped one of his friends. Now, that death has started a cascade effect that’s tearing his life apart, leaving him possessed by magic that whispers to him in ancient Gothic.

While he’s already fighting for control of his own mind, he has to hold it together when strangers come into town looking for the dead vampire. They say they’re bounty hunters, but Fletcher knows that’s a lie. They’re the same kind of murderers who killed Fletcher’s mother. When one of them puts up a kind front, Fletcher knows that people who hunt the supernatural can’t be trusted. However nice Conner Mason seems, the worst thing Fletcher could do is fall for his act.

This is the third of nine books in The Rowan Harbor Cycle, not a standalone. It continues where the second book left off. Fletcher and Conner will return in book six to continue their story, so this book contains a HFN, not their HEA.

About The Author

Sam wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.

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Release Blitz: Fox and Birch (Rowan Harbor #3) by Sam Burns

Length: 48,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Melanie Harlow @ Clause & Effect
The Rowan Harbor Series
Book #1 – Blackbird In The Reeds – http://books2read.com/BlackbirdInTheReeds
Book #2 – Wolf And The Holly – http://books2read.com/WolfAndTheHolly

Blurb

Fletcher Lane wants to protect people. It was why he became a deputy. A month ago, it was why he killed a vampire who kidnapped one of his friends. Now, that death has started a cascade effect that’s tearing his life apart, leaving him possessed by magic that whispers to him in ancient Gothic.

While he’s already fighting for control of his own mind, he has to hold it together when strangers come into town looking for the dead vampire. They say they’re bounty hunters, but Fletcher knows that’s a lie. They’re the same kind of murderers who killed Fletcher’s mother. When one of them puts up a kind front, Fletcher knows that people who hunt the supernatural can’t be trusted. However nice Conner Mason seems, the worst thing Fletcher could do is fall for his act.

This is the third of nine books in The Rowan Harbor Cycle, not a standalone. It continues where the second book left off. Fletcher and Conner will return in book six to continue their story, so this book contains a HFN, not their HEA.

 Excerpt

The book was whispering again.

It wasn’t exactly a book anymore, since its pages and binding had been consumed in the fire and the only remnant of it was in his head. But Fletcher didn’t have another word for it than “book,” so that was what he was calling it to himself. Out loud, he tried to talk about it as little as possible.

He hadn’t learned Gothic, and he wasn’t going to, especially not in order to understand the things whispered in his brain by an evil, magic book. Tristan Hunter had assured him that the book hadn’t been evil, just the grimoire of a power-hungry witch who had died hundreds of years ago. Fletcher was hard pressed to see the difference.

The pursuit of power rarely ended well. To see that, a person only had to look at what had happened with the book in the last twenty-five years. They didn’t know how many people Hector MacKenzie had killed in his desperation, but it was at least two, with another planned.

And Fletcher had killed a man over it too, which was how he’d ended up in the position of being driven crazy by a dead witch whispering Gothic straight into his brain.

“Shut up,” he mumbled to it, as though that ever had any effect. The damned thing just kept rambling, like it didn’t understand him any better than he understood it. It probably didn’t. When it whispered to him at the station, it was all he could do to refrain from banging his head against the nearest filing cabinet.

He was sitting at his desk, trying to catch up with the massive backlog of paperwork he’d accumulated over the previous month. With his partner on medical leave for more than half of December, he’d fallen so far behind on everything he wasn’t sure it was possible to catch up. Every time he had a chance, the voice would start again, like a monologuing movie villain.

He had only told Devon, Jesse, and Isla about the whispering, but even to them, he’d downplayed how bad it was. How sometimes it drowned out actual conversations he was trying to have. How sometimes it chanted in a way that sounded like magic to him, and he felt things in his body shifting unnaturally. He shuddered.
 
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Sam wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.

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In which Fletcher finds his perfect match

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bloody love this series but if you asked me to identify quite why I do, it would be difficult to immediately pinpoint the reason.

I love the quirky nature of the stories, the paranormal aspects of life in Rowan Harbor are just treated as everyday things, no one bats an eye when one of the Deputy Sheriffs shifts into a Fox and runs off, or when they’re talking to a dryad in the woods.

There’s a gentleness to the narrative, even when things turn occasionally violent, that brings a whimsical feeling to the story that I’ve mentioned before and the writing is just beautiful.

In this, the last of the ‘intro’ books in this series of nine (a trilogy of interconnected trilogies), we get Fletcher’s story and his meet cute with Conner, who’s come to town with a couple of unsavoury characters tracking the vampire Sol, who was the main antagonist in book two.

There’s instant attraction but given the nature of all that is going on, Fletcher is too reticent and worried about his own fate to notice how much Conner likes him, but also how out of place he is with the other two men he’s travelling with.

The plot travels along at a good clip, there’s no unnecessary detours to distract from the main story and the action is perfectly paced to drive towards the big end of book epic confrontation.

I can’t wait for book four, when we go back to Devon and Wade and also find out a bit more about the over-arching storyline which is anchoring all the books together.

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Whimsical and quirky – I absolutely loved this new book from Sam

Blackbird in the Reeds (The Rowan Harbor Cycle, #1)Blackbird in the Reeds by Sam Burns

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve never read Sam Burns before but this is her first venture into paranormal apparently anyway and all I can say is that she’s done a damn fine job with it.

It’s difficult to review this book without giving away too much but let’s just say whimsical and quirky could have been made to describe it.

There’s a gorgeous sense of the ethereal and an otherworldly air about everything which happens when Devon returns to his child good home after his gran calls to say she needs him.

From giant wolves, a mysterious tapestry, strange dreams and odd occurrences, it becomes clear there’s something just not quite normal about Rowan Harbour.

The sneak peek of book two just made me want to know more!

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